Originally Posted by chator
This video only addresses the new Star Trek movie, not the franchise as a whole. The more I learn about this film, the more i realize it is Trek because it derives from many Trek sources, but there's no denying the similarity with the original Star Wars, could that be the reason for the film's box-office success?
The reason for box office success of both Star Trek and Star Wars is that they both follow certain archetypes - both are typical "hero's journey" stories about fathers and sons, revenge, good and evil, rivalry, friendship, young people who grow up to become great heroes, etc. The same can be said about many other popular fictional stories.
Do they have similarities - yes, did ST09 rip off SW - only as much as SW ripped off all sorts of myths and similar previous fictional stories.